End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?

The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You bring somebody in for three or four weeks, … Continued

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These sections deal with ‘lower level’ public order offences. What are those provisions? … Continued

A Simple Adjournment?

  In criminal practice and procedure, you might think that the humble adjournment is a relatively simple and straightforward matter, but you would be wrong. A little like buses, never available when you want one, yet, when you don’t want a case delayed the court always appear happy to work against you. But in reality, … Continued

Extraditon to UAE halted

A Judge ruled against the extradition of BSB solicitors client to UAE on the basis that there was a real risk of human rights abuses . Westminster Magistrates’ Court accepted arguments submitted by counsel Ben Cooper  that Mr Halliday was unlikely to face a fair trial and was at risk of torture on the basis of nationality and sexuality. … Continued

Proposals to pre record cross examination of rape complainants

Hannah Wilson reports on the debate over the proposals to video record cross examination of complainant’s evidence. http://thejusticegap.com/2017/03/rape-victims-spared-ordeal-giving-evidence-court/ Related Services: Sexual Offences Solicitors

What’s The Damage?

Law on Criminal Damage Essentially, the crime is made out if you intentionally or recklessly damage property. Most commonly it is damage to cars and windows, very often as an act of revenge. The damage does not need to be permanent. There have been cases where graffiti, water-soluble paints on a pavement and squashing a … Continued

Partner Jim Skelsey runs The London Marathon

For a second year running , BSB Criminal Defence Partner Jim Skelsey will be running over 26 in record Temperatures raising funds for a local charity Last year Jim completed the Marathon in under four hours in aid of The Stroke Association. This year his chosen cause is the Woodcraft Folk,  the co-operative children and young people’s … Continued